Mother to a 33 week preemie, and pregnant again.

Are you part of the NICU club? Do you have a child who is still struggling with the effects of being born too soon from preeclampsia? Share your concerns and stories here among parents who have been there.
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Re : Mother to a 33 week preemie, and pregnant again.

Postby deerhart » Fri Feb 20, 2004 09:37 am

I have to agree, you are more likely to develop PE and/or GD again this pregnancy then you are to have a child with Downs, spina bifida etc and your doctor still recommended the triple test (AFP) I bet.

My doctor also told me it was unlikely that I would develop PE again (as we only have like a 10-20% chance of reoccurance, just about the same chance of getting it the first time) and that she would monitor me closely for the pregnancy, but nothing more then that until something started to happen.

I did end up having problems again so it can (and does) happen after your first pregnancy.

The good thing is that you have been through it before and you know what feels right and what doesn't. You are your own best advocate.

I just wanted to mention because I thought its somewhat striking to the mind.
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My Dr. and midwives have told me that there is no reason that this condition will occur again, and that it is common in first time pregnancies

If there is no reason for the condition to occur again, there was also no reason for it to occur in the first place. If you got it the first time, thats enough reason to suspect it may happen again (not saying it will)

GL

Erin

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Re : Mother to a 33 week preemie, and pregnant again.

Postby angelical » Fri Feb 20, 2004 09:30 am

Good luck to both of you! I hope you have safe and happy pregnancies this time around!

Sharel

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Re : Mother to a 33 week preemie, and pregnant again.

Postby tahoe 4 » Fri Feb 20, 2004 08:55 am

Your situation seems very similar to mine. I also have a 13 (almost 14) month old who was born 6 weeks early due to eclampsia. I'm also pregnant again and I'm due June 18, although they're expecting me to deliver just as early as the last one, so we're thinking some time in the beginning of May. So far I've not had any symptoms, but last time I also had no symptoms this early. I'm 23 weeks today and I go for another Ultrasound (level II) next Friday to ensure the baby is growing at a normal growth rate. My baby was 4 lbs 3 ounces when she was born, but she was supposed to be a really big baby per the ultrasounds that were done earlier in my pregnancy. So her growth definitely slowed down towards the end.

What's also funny is that we're probably going to name our next one Bella if it's a girl! I love that name!

I'm very surprised that your dr's aren't treating you as high risk especially since you had diabetes and pre-e last time. Have you had a visit with a perinatologist yet? Since your last baby's growth was a bit behind they should be monitoring your current pregnancy via frequent ultrasounds to ensure the baby is growing at a normal rate. Trust me when I say it will give you so much comfort knowing they're treating you as high risk and monitoring the growth of your baby at least once a month. It's a pain to go to so many dr's appts, but it's well worth it.

Good luck with everything and keep us updated!

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Mother to a 33 week preemie, and pregnant again.

Postby pugmommy7 » Fri Feb 20, 2004 08:05 am

Hi,
Wow what a wonderful resource. (I am new here.)
Short version...My daughter Isabella Sofia was born 13 months ago, 6 weeks early, at 3pounds,6 oz.,and 16 inches.
She was small for her gestational age, and I had gestational daibetes as well as pre-e.
She was a fiesty baby and developed beautifully, and came home to us after 3 weeks nicu. THANK GOD!

Anyhow, I am currently pregnant with her sister Helena Scarlet, due June 24,2004.
So far I have had an easy pregnancy, totally different from my previous pregnancy with Bella.
Minimal morning sickness,(the first time I was throwing up 3x a day at least.)And some minor low back pain, and that has been it.
My Dr. and midwives have told me that there is no reason that this condition will occur again, and that it is common in first time pregnancies.
They have also said that they will not treat me as high risk until they see a reason.(which relived me.)

My husaband and I are taking one day at a time. But honestly, we are both getting nervous as I approach my 3rd trimester.

I dream of having a normal labor free of magnesium sulfate!!!








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